Your questions answered

FAQ'sWhy do you refer to your essential oils as “artisan”?
Aromaceuticals does not sell commonly available industrial quality oils, which are created (often in adulterated or artificial form) for the commercial flavoring and fragrance industries.

Artisan designation specifies an essential oil that is distilled from plants grown with care, and transformed by an ethical distiller who is interested in creating truly therapeutic essential oils for holistic and medicinal purposes. The integrity and intent of these talented alchemists are evident in every bottle.

Are Aromaceuticals’ essential oils organic?
The vast majority of Aromaceuticals products come from organic or biodynamic sources. Legally, we can only sell products as “certified organic” when they conform to USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards.  However, the USDA does not necessarily recognize products designated organic by other highly regarded certifying bodies such as Ecocert or Demeter, even though these certifying bodies meet or exceed USDA standards. To avoid any confusion, Aromaceuticals lists the regional or international third party certification of each organically produced product on our website.

Some of our smaller distillers grow according to strict organic standards, but are unable to afford the high fees charged by certifying bodies for formal organic designation. We describe their products as “grown without artificial pesticides or fertilizers”. Aromaceuticals occasionally sells oils distilled from conventionally grown crops when organic oils are unavailable due to growing conditions or price considerations.

What kind of documentation can you provide on your essential oils?
Aromaceuticals can supply certificates of analysis and MSDS on all our oils. We will be happy to include them with your purchase if requested. We do respectfully ask that you excercise discretion when requesting MSDS. An MSDS is meant for use by emergency medical workers (first responders, ER personnel) or persons who are handling very large quantities of essential oil (multiple liters) on a regular basis. The storage and safety considerations outlined in this type of document are rarely applicable to your purchase of a 5 ml or 15 ml bottle of oil.

Are Aromaceuticals essential oils therapeutic grade?
There is no such thing as a "therapeutic grade" oil; no grading system exists within the industry. "Therapeutic grade" is an invented term and misleading marketing hype. Our essential oils are of exceptionally high therapeutic (some would say pharmaceutical) quality and full of life. Many of our products are sourced from distillers who have long standing ties with the European medical community, and are rightfully proud of their impeccable growing standards and distillations. We are a strong proponent of high ethical standards within the aromatherapy community and will always be open and honest with you about what we sell.

Are Aromaceuticals essential oils safe to ingest?
We do not support the ingestion of essential oils by persons untrained in clinical aromatherapy. If you ingest our essential oils, you do so at your own risk. We abide by the labelling standards of the American Herbal Products Association, which voluntarily requires that all essential oils be labelled "not for internal use." For further information on the dangers of ingesting essential oils, please visit the AromaBlog archives, where you will find several educational articles on this subject.

What is a hydrolat?
Hydrolats, sometimes called hydrosols, were formally known as floral waters. Hydrolats are truly aromatherapy’s miracle waters, and possess considerable healing powers in their own right. These fragrant waters are a byproduct of true steam distillation, and may be used alone or in tandem with essential oils for their therapeutic effect. Click here to view our selection of hydrolats.

How are hydrolats used?
These waters are surprisingly versatile, and once you try them, you’ll be hooked.

Virtually all hydrolats are skin care superstars and make wonderful facial mists or toners. Fragrant and gentle, they are safe to use directly on the skin, and work well for babies, elderly or sensitive individuals who may not be able to tolerate essential oils. You may substitute them for water in any handcrafted cosmetic recipe.

Dilute a tablespoon of rose or neroli hydrolat in a half gallon of spring water. Serve chilled as a refreshing beverage at your next party… a guaranteed hit!

What is a carrier oil?
Vegetable carrier oils are necessary to dilute essential oils for topical application, since essential oils are far too strong to use straight out of the bottle (serious skin reactions may result). When choosing a carrier oil, consider the particular application and skin type of the person who will be using your blend. You may view our carrier oils by clicking here.

If you’d prefer a product that’s already blended and ready to use, click here to view our selection of aromatic healing synergies.

Is an herbal oil the same as an essential oil ?
No. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant essences which are steam distilled from dried or wilted plant matter. Herbal oils are far less potent and may be expressed from seed (such as borage oil) or infused by macerating plant matter in a base oil (such as St. John’s wort).

Infused or herbal oils are generally added to an aromatic synergy in small amounts. The therapeutic properties of these herbal oils can significantly boost the healing effects of an aromatherapy blend. Click here to view Aromaceuticals herbal oils.

Does Aromaceuticals use artificial ingredients in any products?
No. Our prepared products such as therapeutic bath salts and aromatic healing synergies are hand blended in small batches using all natural ingredients.

What is an aromatic synergy?
An aromatic synergy is simply an essential oil blend.  When several essential oils are combined with the appropriate herbal oils and carrier oils, they form a blend which is more powerful than in its effect than any of the individual oils used alone. This is referred to as a synergistic effect.

We’ve carefully formulated a series of aromatherapy blends to address many common ailments and issues. Like all our products, these synergies are composed of the highest quality essential oils and herbal infusions, and need only be used in very small amounts for maximum benefit. All Aromaceuticals synergies are pre-diluted and ready for topical use. Click here to view our current selection.

What is the best way to use essential oils by inhalation?
Inhalation is one of the most effective ways to use aromatherapy. The simplest method is to place a few drops of essential oil on a tissue, or inhale directly from the bottle or a personal inhaler for several minutes.

Diffusing essential oils will disperse them over a much larger area and broaden their effect. A diffuser filled with eucalyptus radiata is great for killing airborne pathogens during the flu season, and diffusing citrus oils can help harmonize the environment during difficult situations such as meetings or group therapy sessions. Nebulizing diffusers are the most desirable models, as they ionize oils and disperse them in a microfine mist.

Click here to view Aromaceuticals’ selection of diffusers and personal inhalers.

What is a nebulizing aromatherapy diffuser?
This type of diffuser uses a handblown glass device known as a nebulizer, which effectively ionizes and disperses essential oils without the destructive effects of heat. Nebulizing diffusers are widely considered to be the most effective way to therapeutically fragrance a large area. Cheaper diffusers often use a candle flame or electric heat source, which rapidly breaks down the chemical bonds in essential oils and quickly ruins their therapeutic effect.

Are flower essences the same as essential oils?
No. Flower essences are vibrational remedies that imprint a plant’s healing essence in water, which is then preserved with a small amount of alcohol. These remedies were first developed by British physician Dr. Edward Bach, and work primarily on emotional and spiritual issues in a subtle manner.

Flower essences are not considered part of aromatherapy, although they combine very effectively with essential oils. 

Where can I go to learn more about aromatherapy?
Aromaceuticals maintains a strong commitment to educating others about the uses and benefits of aromatherapy. We offer classes to the general public and provide a more in-depth learning experience for complementary and integrative health professionals. Our classes and presentations are held in various locations and cities throughout the year; please click here for more information.